December 10th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama calls on Blagojevich to resign

Obama is now calling on Blagojevich to step down.
Obama is now calling on Blagojevich to step down.

(CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday joined calls for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign.

"The president-elect agrees with [Illinois] Lt. Governor Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

On Tuesday Blagojevich was arrested on federal conspiracy charges. Prosecutors alleged in their complaint that Blagojevich pressured candidates to replace Obama in the Senate for campaign contributions and other benefits.

Gibbs said Obama also supported legislation that will be considered by Illinois lawmakers on Monday to authorize a special election to choose his successor.

Obama believes Illinois lawmakers should "put in place a process to select a new senator that will have the trust and confidence of the the people of Illinois," Gibbs said.

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  1. thriveblogger

    Blagojevich should resign! Or better yet, impeached and then locked up.
    My question is this, will he still get his taxpayer retirement benefits?

    December 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Amber (Dem in FL)

    Okay Governor....go on....get under that bus with the Clintons, Rev. Wright, the liberal wing, and the rest.

    December 10, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    Yeah, I feel sorry for Blago. He did a lot of good things for the poor and helpless. I think he just snapped and lost it. But what he said or done, is not any worse than W and Chen ey. I dont know. It really was stupid for him to do stupid things.

    December 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. eds

    Jail time should happen.

    December 10, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. L. Tran, TX

    And another one gone and another one gone, another one [ under the bus ] bites the dust...

    December 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. chubbs

    It's nice to know us brainwashed americans voted a person from the great Illinois political tree in office. CHANGE BABY!!

    December 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Franky

    Ohhh yeah, he's definitely gonna be gone now...

    December 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. il resident

    I have to say that I agree and he should be impeached i live in IL and have nothing good to say about the Blagojevich. he has ruined so much in our state its not funny. So please Gov. resign and enjoy your vacation at club Fed youve earned it

    December 10, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Nimi from NY

    Obama suggests the governor's resignation be for his inability to lead at this time. He did not try and convict the guy before the jury does.

    December 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. GET REAL.

    On a scale of 1-5 (5 being best):

    Timeliness of announcement: 3 (could've said it sooner)
    What was said: 5 (spoken as articulately as usual)
    Effort to distance himself: 4 (he could be a little more scathing, but maybe it's good he isn't)

    December 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Scott NYC Independent

    The people of Illinoie should be calling for his head. He put a cloud over the state that was having one of its best PR periods in its history. They should rush his trial through, and based on the tapes he should be found guilty and he then should be sentenced on January 20, 2009. Poetic Justice.

    December 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Wright

    Obama has a lot of friends, the Rev. Wright, and now the governor of Illinois, who else? He is no angel himself, or is it simply bad influence?? American people derserve better.

    December 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Noel

    I don't really understand Obama's flip-flopping. I remember yesterday that he said it was a sad day in Chicago. But I believe that if the federal prosecutors have something on the governor, then the governor should resign.

    December 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Joe, Chicago IL

    Translated: Blogo, take the hit man. If you do and keep quiet, I will take care of you man.

    December 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Replace one "crook" with another..........called it "special", but it all comes out the same in the wash.

    December 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Kathleen

    Yes. Absolutely. His hand was in the preverbial "Cookie Jar". Tapes are tapes. Nixon also learned this the hard way.

    He won't resign but there is no doubt in my mind that he should.

    December 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Ted van Tol

    Very good! Clean up that mess.

    To "Welcome to the Obama show" on the
    other blogs:

    You have a very, very big mouth today
    Next year you are mumbling
    in two years you will be quiet
    after three years you will be speecheles
    and after four years you will be voting for
    Baracks second term.

    So, get used to it!

    Ted van Tol
    The Neherlands

    December 10, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. femi

    Good call President elect

    December 10, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. andyb

    I'll second that.

    December 10, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Virginia

    Resigning won't make any difference if he is going to "rat out" the Prez-elect. The house of cards is already falling......

    December 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. obama-mama

    Good for you President-Elect. Clear out the garbage....

    December 10, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. John in Ohio

    Good move, future president.

    Also, good move by Durbin, who I personally have always admired, to call for the Illinois legislature to authorize a speedy special election to elect a replacement Senator. That's the best option possible under the circumstances.

    As much as I always supported Obama, this is why it's a PITA to have Senators as presidential candidates. Now there needs to be a replacement found for Obama, Biden, and Clinton, since all three were sitting Senators. That puts a lot of power in the hands of the governors, and the governors of both Illinois and New York are not exactly known for being good at dealing with power.

    December 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Aaron Christner

    Honest Goverment has arrived. Thank you Barack. America ,President-elect Obama and his transition Team have done more in 4 weeks, than Bush has done in 8 years. Again Barack thank you for putting our country back on track... Its going to be a great 4 years America.

    December 10, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Samilton

    He's absolutely right. The Gov. should resign or face impeachment! This type of conduct should not be tolerated.

    December 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Darrell Burks

    This Govenor is an idiot. He must resign and be put in jail after due process. President-Elect Obama is right.

    December 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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